A free agent the Falcons should target – Kyle Vanden Bosch

I’ve been telling you what players I’d rather the Falcons not pursue: Julius Peppers, Dunta Robinson, even C.J. Spiller. Today, for variety’s sake, I offer one they should target, and he’s a big man with a big name:

Kyle Vanden Bosch.

He’s a defensive end. He has been a top-flight pass rusher, though not lately. He had only three sacks for Tennessee in 2009. (Still, that’s better than Jamaal Anderson has managed in his career.) He’s an effort guy, a leadership guy. I’m not saying he’s a long-term fix — he’s 31 — but he’ll become a free agent tomorrow and he just made the Pro Bowl for the third time.

Understand: I wouldn’t break the budget to get him. But he’s widely seen as the second-best free agent DE available — after Peppers, who’s believed to have turned down $14 million a year to remain with Carolina. Vanden Bosch, by way of contrast, earned $5.3 million in 2009.

And here’s a recommendation, albeit a backhanded one: The Titans are letting him shop himself around but haven’t ruled out re-signing him. Here, via John Niyo of the Detroit News, is what Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher says about KVB: “I can’t think of anybody who wouldn’t want Kyle on the roster the way he plays and the way he practices. He is a great influence on younger players.”

One bit of background: Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff has long held Vanden Bosch in high regard. You might recall that the third exhibition of the 2008 preseason was against Tennessee, and that preseason game convinced the Falcons it was safe to start Matt Ryan in Week 1 of his rookie season. Why? Because left tackle Sam Baker, also a rookie, held his own that night against KVB, who was regarded as a yardstick.

Let’s also recall last season’s Dimitroff watchwords: Urgency and consistency. I don’t believe those fit Julius Peppers. I do believe they fit Vanden Bosch. And now you’re free, as ever, to tell me how wrong I am.

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Whopper Dawg

March 4th, 2010
4:14 am

Whopper Dawg

March 4th, 2010
4:25 am

Third time first, last time two in one day. Not hall of fame, but maybe working on honorable mention. Now for my esteemed comments.

Mark, you have convinced me. Sign VB, draft CB no.1, pass on Robinson, he has an attitude problem. Trade Anderson for a forth or a player.


March 4th, 2010
4:27 am

Second!! (it’s my highest placement ever). I’m not sure we should be pushing for a defensive end when we already have the bier mann available. I guess it couldn’t hurt to bring him in for a visit. But I’m looking for the team to upgrade with a linebacker or offensive lineman.


March 4th, 2010
4:37 am

As much as we may like to Mark, I think I’d have to agree with you on this one. Plus, it would give us a little more draft flexibility. In TD we trust.

chaotic styles

March 4th, 2010
4:55 am

too old, need to get younger….4th..lol

chaotic styles

March 4th, 2010
4:56 am

too old, need to get younger at that position…4th…lol


March 4th, 2010
5:07 am

Mr. Bradley, here are three names you should ask Dimitroff about: WR Chris Chambers (we need depth and speed at the position), LB Kirk Morrison (versatile and strong at point of attack), Aaron Kampfman (good pass rusher who became obsolete when Packers switched to 3-4 defense, coming off injury). I believe these are sleeper free-agent acquistions. Also, what do you know of CB Leigh Bodden?


March 4th, 2010
6:04 am

Good call, Mark. KVB would be a big help. I appreciate tjhook’s recommendations, too, although I’m not sure Kampfman (6′4, 265) is much of an upgrade over Bierman (6′3″, 260) or Sidbury (6′3″, 265). They all have motors, but KVB’s a bit beefier, which we could really use against the better OT’s that we face every year.


March 4th, 2010
6:31 am

him or kampman if cleared


March 4th, 2010
6:36 am

I was thinking Kampmann, too, but with all the tenders to existing Falcon players yesterday, I don’t know if we want to add high price FAs going into an uncapped season.


March 4th, 2010
6:58 am

The Falcons could also save some money since looking at that pic it seems KVB comes pre-equipped with his own helmet. Zing!

todd grantham

March 4th, 2010
7:03 am

Mark, looks like you pulled an all nighter.

messin with sasquatch

March 4th, 2010
7:11 am

so when are we going to post mortem tech’s meltdown of a bball season? and I think falcons should draft tebow. what a boost to his career when they trade him away after a year or so, so some other team can have the championship season.


March 4th, 2010
7:13 am

Mark, what do you think about trading back out of the 1st round and landing possibly two 2nd round draft picks?


March 4th, 2010
7:24 am

Yeah, just waht we need a old guy to partner with the other old guy!


March 4th, 2010
7:28 am

kyle grew up in Northwest Iowa and played at Nebraska. That explains
the character and work ethic.

Big Ray

March 4th, 2010
7:39 am

Nice tab, Mark .

I can roll with that, don’t know if TD will, but if he does, it’s all good.

Felix the Cat

March 4th, 2010
7:39 am

Whopper Dog must be one of the 10 percent unemployed in atlanta

Good guy I would make a run at him and take a corner in the 1st round


March 4th, 2010
7:43 am

we need a LB and a OL and 3rd down back that can keep a defense on its heels. I dont think DE or CB is this teams #1 priority like all the so called experts think. Just in case you didn’t notice we went secondary and DL heavy last year, it wouldn’t make much sense to do it this year. We will give the young guys more playing time this year for the DL and secondary.

Freakin Falcons

March 4th, 2010
7:46 am

KVB is a good DE but is getting to the age where his production is diminishing. He still can play but like you said don’t break the bank on him .A one or two year deal would be smart.


March 4th, 2010
7:47 am

Nice call here Mark. I like this guy or Kampfman to help shore up the Dline. We could draft a cb first and I really hope TD has someting up his sleeve to move into the second round. Would be a huge bonus for us.

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Walker, Texas Ranger

March 4th, 2010
7:55 am

Mark, agree. Only need him for about 30% of the defensive plays. Plus a leader. I’m in

Samantha-Atlanta, GA

March 4th, 2010
8:05 am

It’s not going to make a difference…they will still continue to be a sorry team!

Football Fan

March 4th, 2010
8:07 am

Do guys have lives, or do they just sit around waiting for a story to pop up so that they can be “first?”

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

March 4th, 2010
8:15 am

I’ll buy it, anything would be an improvement at this point on D. Ditch Anderson, sign KVB- have him, abraham, jerry, & babs up front.


March 4th, 2010
8:25 am

Kyle would be a good pickup, but I get the feeling that he would be much more effective if he had a meat-eater in the middle. Then again, meat-eaters in the middle would make any defensive line sound.

IF Jerry winds up to be a solid DT for us next season, I wouldn’t mind a Falcons’ front four consisting of Vanden Bosch, Jerry, and Abraham.

We still need to shore up the areas behind the defensive line, though. How much do we have to spend, MB?


March 4th, 2010
8:26 am

Or, I could’ve just read the post above me and done this.

Agreed. :)

Sorry, Doc Noisewater. I usually just read the articles and respond, unless Clusters has some good Jeff talk….

Tailback U

March 4th, 2010
8:32 am

I like your Vanden Bosch suggestion as long as the Falcons
keep the figures in reasonable check.
The thing I like best is you know he will bring the right
mentality for a defense trying to cover for some shortcomings.
That of course being determination , grit and hustle.


March 4th, 2010
8:36 am

I like it. Oh, and package that move with a one-way ticket anywhere for Jamaal Anderson. We need the roster spot for someone that can actually play football. Anyone…anyone? Buehler? Beuhler?


March 4th, 2010
8:40 am

I personally thought Jamal did better as a DT last year; he’s still a bust, because we should’ve seen a lot of this even when he was at Arkansas, but I think he’s all right as a serviceable backup on the front line. In the games I watched, he was around the football a lot last year.

I don’t mind him so much as a backup.

What do GT and UG fans have in common?

March 4th, 2010
8:41 am

They both realize this isn’t gonna happen.


March 4th, 2010
8:43 am

I agree Mark a good Guy, but I feel w/ a healthy Jerry and Sidbury developing along w/ Troy , we would be overstocked at DE. Draft Sean Witherspoon to replace Peterson and hopefully Moore will be a force. We need depth on O-Line, groom a TE replace Tony add depth at wide rec. Also keep in MIND Bab’s may miss 4 games. Trade Norwood to to Arizona for depth at another position draft speed RB.

F-105 Thunderchief

March 4th, 2010
8:46 am

While living and working in Nashville, I had a chance to see Kyle up close. He’s great on the field (practice and game), in the lockerroom and in the community. Best idea yet.

Now, how can I get my posts to be highlighted in gray, a la Big Ray?


March 4th, 2010
8:50 am

Good morning Mark….Sounds like a good thing to do…I have not watched KVB play…But I like guys that give maximum effort in practice and the games and that do not take plays off….He could help KB and LS develop as well and CD to continue to get better….If Falcons believe that one of the 3 or combination–KB, LS, and CD can do good job at DE as they get better then KVB sounds like a good fit….Don’t know what the goal would be for sacks from both DE for the year..but would think it should at least be 15 or 20 for both…the defensive passing game needs help…Firmly believe that the team has to address this through the draft and free agency.


March 4th, 2010
8:55 am

Sounds good to me.

Mike Jay

March 4th, 2010
9:06 am

whopper Dawg, in your haste to be first, you actually typed “Trade Anderson for a fourth” You can’t be serious? Who on earth would give us a 4th round pick for a way over payed, underperforming dlineman?

Sonny Clusters

March 4th, 2010
9:08 am

We was once ink stained. We know what it is like to work like Mark has to work- posting at 4:02 in the morning and then having drive all the way to Dunwoody to work at the paper. Well, that may not be exactly right but it could be. When we was a journalist we mostly ate at buffets and in the pressbox and would fill our pockets with those little shrimp off the buffet table. One time, we forgot they was in there and we could have given Stinky Wintes a run for his money. Bad shrimp in a sportswriter’s pocket is an omen. We soon found out we was not cut out for writing at the paper and that’s when we returned to second shift for all camaraderie and the benefits. We have never looked back. When we was playing ball and being covered by the newspaper they would sometimes take our pictures and run them in the paper and if they did they was always posted on the glass at the Dairy Queen. Only one of us is still active in sports today and getting his picture made all the time and you probably know who it is. We was thinking he might hit 27 homeruns this year if he carries shrimp in his pockets when he comes to bat.


March 4th, 2010
9:12 am

Sounds good to me too.


March 4th, 2010
9:14 am

Totally agree. The team needs a vet at DL to help with the development of the younger guys. Sign him and draft a BIG corner and a couple of olinemen and also try to get DEXTER MCCLUSTER. I say it again and again, we need this guy.

Sonny Clusters

March 4th, 2010
9:17 am

Get two of them and you could have McClusters.


March 4th, 2010
9:19 am

CMOORE, Several of us have posted this idea on different blogs. Ultimately the decision comes down to what teams offer us and also if somebody drops to us that we have highly rated on our chart. There are a couple of players that if they drop to us, I don’t think we’ll trade down. If not, they will see what teams offer. It also makes no sense trading down if you don’t get real value from the trade. Ultimately, though, I think most people really like the idea.


March 4th, 2010
9:23 am

He would be a great signing. One of the few free agents that make sense for us. Leigh Bodden if the price ir right would be a good fit.


March 4th, 2010
9:32 am

I totally agree with you on this Free Agent. With him, John Abraham, and a healthy and rejuvenated Jerry returning, we can have as good a pass rush as any team in the league. I feel that we should focus on OLBs in the draft and with Sid and Bier as substitutes the Falcons will be able to fight for the NFC South title in 2010 and make a run for the Super Bowl.


March 4th, 2010
9:35 am

It would be a good signing if it don’t break the bank,great character guy.Sign Him!!!!

Dr. Warren

March 4th, 2010
9:37 am

Get him. The Falcons haven’t had an intense, overachieving bald man since Tim Dwight.


March 4th, 2010
9:46 am

This would be totally counter to Dimitroff’s philosophy of building young………….what gets me is that all you guys were ready to call for John Abraham’s head after his productivity declined this past season, yet you are advocating for a guy whose productivity and physical ability tailored off further than Abraham”s? Incredible………..

MR Falcon

March 4th, 2010
9:46 am

I really think Dunta Robinson should be our free agent signing. He is a corner that can cover and a corner that can tackle and that can hit. The only problem with him is sometimes he hits so hard he injures himself but definitely a player. He is young and played at South Carolina so from this area. Its just uncommon to have a young stud corner be available like this and the Falcons shouldnt let this opportunity slip by. I dont like Leigh Bodden because of the police issue he had in Cleveland at the airport and Cromartie having all those kids just seems like an issue the Falcons dont need and San Diego is trying to get rid of.
I really think if they draft the Spoon man and DE Greg Hardy in the 3rd which was predicted first round pick last year are defense needs would be met. The Falcons could then concentrate on the offense side of the ball the rest of the draft.


March 4th, 2010
9:51 am


Magic Man

March 4th, 2010
9:52 am

I wouldn’t mind KVB for the right price. Definitely wouldn’t overpay for him. His sack numbers have trended down, but that is more a result of not having Haynesworth in the middle anymore plus no Antwan Odom on the opposite DE. I would rather have Kampman for his pass rushing abilities, but he may be more expensive. If Kampman isn’t cleared healthwise or is too pircey and KVB can be had for the right price, I say lock it up.